Recreation Officer

Recreation Officer

• Location: Resolven/ Llandovery 
• Grade & Salary: 5, £30,873 rising to £34,218 over four years
• Post number: 202882
• Type of contract: Fixed Term appointment until 31 March 2023
• Work pattern: full time

Closing date: 24 October 2021

Benefits: Civil Service pension, 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days over 5 years, flexible working options, occupational health including counselling and advisory services and eye care, childcare vouchers and salary sacrifice schemes.

Role Purpose

The land management team helps ensure the land we manage and the Welsh Government Woodland Estate (WGWE) is safe so that everyone can enjoy and benefit from it.  The role will help manage our recreational sites which includes picnic sites, play areas, walking trails, mountain bike trails and public rights of way. This will be delivered by responding to complaints, routine inspections, maintenance work, procuring goods and services, managing and supervising contractors. The role will support the work of the Senior Land Mangement officers within the team to promote and manage these sites.

The role will be responsible for delivering a programme of site and trail inspections and subsequent management work to manage public safety and liability. The role will involve assisting our forestry operations teams to ensure that their tree harvesting and replanting work on or near to our reacreation sites is done safely and members of the public are informed and managed appropriately. The role will also involve implementing NRW’s policy on unofficial/unauthorised mountain bike trails. You will need to have excellent communication skills to speak with and deal with queries from stakeholders and members of the public. You will also be required to liaise with landowners and our neighbours to help resolve any queries, concerns or disputes.

The candidate needs to be forward thinking, be able to use their own initiative and have experience of recreation management, have an understanding of forestry practices and experience of using GiS Software. These skills would be of benefit to the role, however these are not essential as training can be provided.

The role will sit in the South West Land Management Team currently comprising of 11 members of staff. The role will support the Senior Land Management Officers within the team that manage the recreational sites in the Llandovery and Resolven area and will co-ordinate the day to day recreation work to ensure all risk, liability, and recreation aspects are managed.

Qualifications and Skills

• Experience of working across a wide range of land management disciplines.
• Extensive knowledge and experience of designated sites, and all aspects of forest practise, including land liabilities, forest planning, forest operations, recreation asset management, including visitor centre management. (where relevant)
• Knowledge of sustainable forest management, UKWAS and forest certification schemes. 
• Experience of community liaison and public engagement activities.

Closing Date:
24/10/2021

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